WHAT TO COLLECT # 127. KAWS

Born in 1974 in Jersey City, NJ, USA Lives and works in New York, USA Considered one of the most relevant artists of his generation, KAWS engages audiences beyond the museums and galleries in which he regularly exhibits. His prolific body of influential work straddles the worlds of art and design to include paintings, murals, large-scale sculptures, street art, and graphic and product design. Over the last two decades KAWS has built a successful career with work that consistently shows his formal agility as an artist, as well as his underlying wit, irreverence, and affection for our times. He often…

WHAT TO COLLECT # 125. SOFIA BONATI

Sofia Bonati What I enjoy most is playing with textures and color combinations. Sofia Bonati is an Argentinian artist currently living in Surrey, United Kingdom. She was born in Buenos Aires in 1982 into a family of artists, and started her artistic career when she moved to the UK in 2013. In addition to her studio practice, she has also developed a career as an illustrator, with clients such as Iberia (Spain), Vanity Fair (France) and Mondadori (Italy). Working mostly in pencil and wet media on paper, Bonati imbues her female gures and portraits with surrealistic elements, seemingly granting them…

WHAT TO COLLECT #124. Pablo Thecuadro

Born in 1992. From Zaragoza but he lives and works in Madrid. There’s only one thing he loves the most: to create images. Essential but powerful collages, in which Pablo Thecuadro mixes different techniques: from the cut by hand to digital techniques. Pablo Thecuadro collages go beyond the simply combination of beautiful images; they include the concept of duality in the human being. His work is a deep, elegant and abstract exploration that brings back to reality, to the human essence. Copyright @ by Pablo Thecuadro Read the interview with Artist on https://www.thefashionatlas.com/en/atlas_en/photography_en/the-abstract-collages-by-spanish-artist-pablo-thecuadro.php#prettyPhoto

WHAT TO COLLECT #123. ALEX GARANT

Internationally renown as the Queen of Double Eyes, Alex Garant studied visual arts at Notre-Dame–De-Foy College just outside Quebec City. After graduating in 2001, she ultimately settled in Toronto, Canada. She decided to indeed commit to her passion for Arts after suffering from a heart attack in 2012, changing forever how she would see the world. As a pioneer of Contemporary Figurative Op Art, her oil paintings offer a graphic quality combined with traditional portrait techniques. Garant establishes herself as one of the leaders of analog Glitch Art by using patterns, duplication of elements,  symmetry and image superposition as crucial elements of her imagery.  Alex Garant’s paintings…

WHAT TO COLLECT # 117. ANNETTE KELM

Annette KELM was born 1975 in Stuttgart, Germany. She currently lives and works in Berlin. Kelm is interested in typologies, models of mass production, the function of objects and the nature of their representation, and stylistic developments in patterned textiles, design, and technology. In her work she conflates several genres in single images or in series on a single motif that combine a variety of artistic, historical, and cross-cultural references. Taken with large- and medium-format analog cameras and individually printed by hand, her carefully composed pictures appear not unlike advertisements. But their sense of precise objectivity is undercut by artifice…

Visit to Basel 2018

Art, it is a good way to entertain when you have dinner with friends in your house – just like talking about expensive wine or travels you now can talk about your existing art experience. Art is always about stature. With Art Significator You will be proud of your art collection. Masha Melnik From Art Basel, Switzerland 2018

How Not to Be Seen by Hito Steyerl

The German artist Hito Steyerl addresses the way digital images are created, shared and archived. Her film How Not to Be Seen: A Fucking Didactic Educational (2013) takes the form of an instructional video which flips playfully between ‘real world’ footage and digital recreations. Inspired by Monty Python, the work balances critique and humor, showing how ‘not being seen’ has both oppressive and liberating possibilities. Steyerl works across video and installation as well as delivering performative lectures. She appears in this work as a performer, making herself visible to us, in contrast to the conventional invisibility of the artist, seen…

WHAT TO COLLECT #115. ALMAGUL MENLIBAYEVA

Born 1969 in Almaty, Kazakhstan. She lives and works in Berlin and Almaty. Artist Statement “My educational background is in the Soviet Russian, avant-garde school of Futurism, which I combine with the nomadic aesthetic of post-Soviet, contemporary Kazakhstan that I have been exploring in recent years through photographic and video work. I use specific modes of expression in modern and contemporary art as a vehicle to investigate my personal archaic atavism as a certain mystical anthropomorphism. In other words, I explore the nature of a specific Egregore, a shared cultural psychic experience, which manifests itself as a specific form of…

WHAT TO COLLECT #114 . GUDA KOSTER

Guda Koster is a Dutch artist who creates living sculptures and performances, which the photographs are the results of. Koster’s works are created in parallels of time, space, and textile. In her works, Koster uses fabrics, colors, and patterns that underline the codes and meanings our clothing conveys How would you describe your works? I make installations, sculptures, and photographs in which clothing plays an important part. Clothing doesn’t just have a function but also conveys a message. In our everyday lives, we communicate identity and social position primarily by means of our clothing. Clothing can be seen as a…

WHAT TO COLLECT # 111. Marina De Caro

Born in 1961 in Buenos Aires, Argentina Lives and works in Buenos Aires, Argentina Body, behavior and space; intuition, sensitivity, and perception; experience and knowledge: these are the keywords of Marina De Caro’s work. De Caro develops her poetics from the field of drawing towards the realms of sculpture and performance. Her spatial and action-based works often incorporate soft wearable sculptures especially designed to invite the viewer/performer to experience an unpredictable regard on the every day, on bodily and social behavior and norms. In her drawings and experiences, De Caro disrupts the given, abruptly. A most refined and irreverent master…

WHAT TO COLLECT # 109. Chris Ofili ART

Chris Ofili is renowned internationally for his richly layered works that combine imagery and influences from sources as divergent as comic books, hip-hop, Zimbabwean cave paintings, Biblical scenes, and 1970s-era Blaxploitation films. Since moving to Trinidad in the mid-2000s, Ofili has looked increasingly to the Trinidadian landscape and mythology in order to further reflect upon his long-term consideration of history and identity. His most recent paintings have been animated by figures and scenes from folkloric myths and arguably revisit and revise tropes of a modernist painting by artists such as Henri Matisse and Paul Gauguin. Since Ofili’s earliest paintings he…

The Woman Behind the First Photography Gallery

Helen Gee risked everything to open Limelight in 1954, selling prints by Ansel Adams, Berenice Abbott, and Robert Frank for less than fifty dollars each. Her tell-all memoir, Helen Gee: Limelight, a Greenwich Village Photography Gallery and Coffeehouse in the Fifties, is now available from Aperture as an e-book. Here, Denise Bethel’s introduction offers a preview of the late Gee’s story. Arthur Lavine, Helen Gee, ca. 1954–1960 Courtesy Gary Schneider Dear Helen, I am writing to let you know that, sixty years on, some of the questions are still the same: who succeeds as a photographer? And, whose photographs sell?…

WHAT TO COLLECT # 108. Donald Judd

One of the most significant artists of the twentieth century, the radical ideas, and work of Donald Judd continue to provoke and influence the fields of art, architecture, and design. Born Donald Clarence Judd on June 3, 1928, in Excelsior Springs, Missouri, he served in the United States Army from June 1946 until November 1947. Before he transitioned to work in three dimensions, Judd began as a painter and an art critic, having studied philosophy and art history at Columbia University and painting at the Art Students League. He developed his idea of the permanent installation of his work and…

Galleries you need to explore during an Art Basel Hong Kong

TANG CONTEMPORARY ART 10/F, H Queen’s, 80 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong https://www.tangcontemporary.com/ PARA SITE ART SPACE Set up in 1996 and for many years the city’s only name in contemporary art, Para Site is still a proud voice in Hong Kong’s independent art scene. • 22/F, Wing Wah Industrial Building, 677 King’s Road, Quarry Bay http://www.para-site.org.hk/ GALLERY EXIT Opened in 2008 to provide an exhibition space for emerging Hong Kong artists, with an emphasis on edgy, conceptual art. • 3/F, 25 Hing Wo Street, Tin Wan, Hong Kong http://www.galleryexit.com/ M+ PAVILION The first completed portion of the West Kowloon…